You know the drill: Skin becomes lined, spotted, and thinner with age. But that’s no reason to tap out. Fight back! Today, there are plenty of powerful products that restore youthful skin, so we sought out the best.
While fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots are known to put up a tough match, they don’t stand a chance against these heavy-hitting serums. Each has a potent blend of anti-aging actives that brings about serious results — fast. Also nice: Though heavy-hitting, they are far from heavyweight. The final three absorb quickly and leave skin soft and supple.
Learn more our knockouts below.
Bronze: Deciem NIOD Copper Amino Isolate 5% ($200 in the shop)
Many topical skin care products contain copper peptides, but in much smaller amounts. This formula has a high concentration of copper tripeptide GHK-Cu. It is said that GHK accelerates wound healing and skin repair by restoring replicative strength of fibroblasts, the cells that are responsible for synthetization of collagen. NIOD Copper Amino Isolate tightens lax skin, encourages elasticity, reduces wrinkle depth and hyperpigmentation, as well as boosts hydration levels thanks to hyaluronic acid.
Silver: Elena Rubin Super Stirling Serum ($289 in the shop)
Just look at its list of key ingredients and try not to be impressed. This potion packs a serious punch of peptides to reduce wrinkles and tighten crepey skin. A few stars include Matrixyl 3000, a proven anti-wrinkle complex, and hexapeptide-11, which upregulates the genes responsible for collagen and hyaluronic acid production. You’ll also find wheat and soy protein, the latter of which has been shown boost skin elastin.
Gold: Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Overnight Serum ($88 in the shop)
This nighttime treatment features a dynamic trio of retinol, ferulic acid, and niacinamide to support skin’s natural repair process while you sleep. It delivers a time-released dose of retinol to gradually increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen and elastin. Antioxidant-rich ferulic acid reverses environmental damage from the day and niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, helps erase discoloration and restore skin’s healthy tone. Your skin will be hooked!